There have been protests and public reaction that have been going on with respect to the civil war and the recent deadly gas attack around the world. These protests took on another aspect recently when the US started talking about attacking, or intervening so to speak, in Syria!
There has been a severe reaction against any such action. Anti-war activists in a number of cities across the U.S have come out in droves to protest. U.S. and UK are the hardest hit. So much so that UK had to give up the very idea and Obama had to back down a bit and said he would seek the U.S. Congress’s approval for military attacks against Syria before deciding on an attack.
This indeed is a setback for the US as it has never faced such a forceful reaction before. True, there have been demonstrations and protests before in times of the Vietnam, Iraq and even Afghan wars, but this time, people are belligerent and will not just back down!
“They say more war, we say no more!” “Hey! Obama! Hands off Syria!” they chant.
Here is why people are so strongly against use of force or any form of intervention from the US:
· They are sick and tired of fighting wars that are not their own. Same goes for the soldiers in the US military. Even they have come forward with their reservations-very strong and valid ones for sure!
Luckily, the opposition in the U.N., the vote in the British Parliament as well as the anti-war demos has won a small victory for the peace lovers.
· There is no such thing as limited intervention! Even though Barack Obama says that the attack on Syria would be limited, people just do not want Syria to turn in to another Vietnam, Iraq or Afghan. According to Micah Zenko of the Council on Foreign Relations, “it is highly unlikely that such an intervention can be so narrow that it will not force a deeper U.S. military engagement in Syria’s civil war.”
Looking at the US intervention in Libya, his words ring very true- even though Libya was supposed to be a no-fly zone to prevent Gadhafi from using air power to kill Libyans, things went out of control the moment the bombing started. One thing led to another and eventually a regime change that the people of Libya and indeed the entire region is still paying for!
The US did say (Lyndon Johnson to be exact) did say “we seek no wider war” in Vietnam and look what happened there? (For those who need to refresh their memories, it cost the people of USA billions of dollars and 58,220 American lives.)
· Last but definitely not the least, after Iraq, and the phantom nuclear weapons, it was supposed to be harboring, the world simply does not trust the US or even the UN when they say Syria has an arsenal of chemical weapons that it set lose on its people! This is evident in the posters many of the protesters carry saying, “War on Syria: Built on a Lie.”
Here is how the people are widely reacting to the war.
The governments may have other opinion, but the people think an attack on Syria will backfire and only fuel the conflict.
Unfortunately this is neither the first nor the last time in history that the people have shown more sense than the people leading them. Fortunately, however, it is one of the rare events that they have succeeded in bring a change before disaster was unleashed.
Whether their victory will last or not, remains to be seen. But what has been proven is that people no better and they will not back down or feign ignorance anymore!
America’s role of the-big-brother-who-must-save-the-world may be coming to an end soon!
Here are some images of people protesting against war on Syria: